Is your child ready?
We are so excited that you are considering baptism for your child. Every child can have a personal relationship with Jesus. At Bridgeway, we encourage and give opportunities for children to make a decision to follow Jesus. Our children are encouraged to not just learn about Jesus, but learn from Jesus by walking with him every day.
We advise parents to wait until their child is asking to be water baptized. This is usually a good indication that they are ready to be baptized and that it will be a spiritual milestone in their life.
Questions to ask your child
Why do you want to be water baptized?
Answers that indicate your child understands: Because Jesus was baptized and he tells us to also; Because I’m a friend of Jesus and I want to follow Him; Jesus died for my sins on the cross and I want to obey Him.
What does it mean to be water baptized?
Answers that indicate your child understands: It means I’m following Jesus; It means I’m a Christian and I want to show the world; It’s a picture of what Jesus has done on the inside of me.
When did you decide to follow Jesus and become His forever friend?
Answers that indicate your child understands: Your child should have a specific memory of when he understood what Jesus did for him on the cross and that he needs Jesus in his life. It may have been at church, at home, or even when he/she was alone.
If your child is ready
If you feel your child understands what it means to be water baptized, please start with the Family Baptism guide.
If your child is not ready
If you don’t feel your child understands what it means to be water baptized, it can be appropriate to wait. Remember, water baptism does not save—salvation comes by your child trusting Jesus. During this time, let your child watch others be baptized, talk to them about what it means, and continue to spur them on in their personal relationship with Jesus.
If you have any questions or would like to talk to someone about the process, please contact Krista Meyer, Director of Family Ministries.